• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Environment and Development programme at the University of Copenhagen will teach you how to merge the social and natural sciences. 

The programme practices field-based and research-based learning, giving you a holistic and realistic understanding of critical aspects of agricultural development – from soil fertility management to rural livelihood strategies.

The study programme allows you to specialize within crops and foods, forestry and natural resource management, food science, animal husbandry, nutrition or development economics.

Career opportunities

The programme gives you career opportunities within the development in developing countries. As an MSc in Environment and Development, you can, among other things:

  • become a consultant in a Danish or international organization specializing in the development and/or food, e.g. Danida, the UN’s environment, and agriculture organizations UNEP and FAO or the EU.
  • work within research in Denmark or at an international research institution, e.g. at universities, CGIAR institutions, and government research institutions.
  • work in a private company dealing with tropical foods and environment.
  • find employment with one of the many organizations focusing on developing countries. Recent graduates from the programme are, for example, working with the Red Cross, Fairtrade, CARE, DanChurchAid, and Save the Children, Denmark.
  • find employment with companies engaging in fair trade, ecology and global trade, e.g. certification, labeling, purchasing, and sales.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Practising Interdisciplinarity
  • Thematic Course: Interdisciplinary Land Use and Natural Resource Management 
  • Plant Infection and Disease Management
  • Tropical Crop Production
  • Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility
  • Planning Interdisciplinary Research
  • Agroforestry
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development Pathways

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in the final semester of a Bachelor’s programme you are eligible to apply for the Master’s programme in Environment and Development.
  • The Faculty may also admit applicants who, after an individual academic assessment, are deemed to possess educational qualifications equivalent to those required above.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14746 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7373 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition fee: DKK 55,000 per semester

Living costs for Copenhagen

  • 7928 - 13460 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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